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Chris727

I just brought home a new to me 917H a week ago. However its not new the to the club. I bought this from Country (Darin Butcher). This is the tractor which received a vertical to horizontal engine swap. This is my first runnable Kohler opposed twin and it runs great. Seems like a real power pack.

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Has Nanco's on the rear. Will have to see how they perform.Has snow hogs up front. I might go back to turfs but am not decided.

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Overall its in pretty nice shape for an original tractor. It has poor-mans power steering installed and an upgraded greaseable front axle bolt. Darin was kind enough to supply me with a detailed 49 page write up detailing the installation of the MV18 engine. He also included a very nice one-point hitch he fabricated. Next projects for this machine will include a little detailing and touch ups. Will likely paint all four wheels cream again and install some small rear weights.

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RickS

I ran snow hogs on my tractor for many years year round. They didn't tear up the grass and help with the sliding in the winter. I would give them a try before you swap them out.

Rick.....

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Chris727

Thanks guys! I did a little tilling last night. Wished I had a bigger plot to work with...

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I don't think the tiller has been used much. Its rusty from sitting out but there was no visible wear on the tines and the little greasecaps were present.

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maxwood

Hello, Switching from vertical to horizontal requires splitting the case installing horizontal oil pump drilling oil passages and drilling drain plug also needed is an M18 horizontal intake manifold . I have some

(4 PDFs ) 83MBs instructions that were sent by a fellow member.

Thanks Ken in Mi

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Simplicity7013H

So... your saying that the engine in that tractor used to be a vertical shaft engine and it was converted to a horizontal?? Might have to give that a try. Would it work vise versa with a horizontal to a vertical?

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Simplicity7013H

I think what they are saying is that the engine used to be a vertical shaft and then was converted to horizontal shaft to fit in the tractor. Correct??

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Chris727
quote:Originally posted by Simplicity7013H

I think what they are saying is that the engine used to be a vertical shaft and then was converted to horizontal shaft to fit in the tractor. Correct??


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id="quote">Yep, used to be an MV18 from a Craftsman but was converted to a horizontal shaft M18 configuration to fit the Allis.

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Chris727

I searched the archives but only found references to doing it, not the actual write up. I believe Darin might have it in PDF?? He provided me with a printed copy when I bought the tractor. Its nearly 50 pages.

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country

Hey Chris, great to see it working! Was nice meeting another club member, it doesn't seem there are that many of us around the St. Louis area. Also glad I was able to pass the tractor along to another club member!

I still have the write up on the engine conversion. It's really large so I had to break it up into 4 documents to be able to email it. I'll gladly share it. It would be great if there was a way to post it on the site, but I don't know how.

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